Browns ink Terrance West, discuss extension with Jabaal Sheard

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As the Cleveland Browns inch toward the completion of minicamp, they have officially signed third-round running back Terrance West to a four-year, $2.796 million contract, including a $527,400 signing bonus.

The 5-foot-9, 230-pound bowling ball of a running back was the 94th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. He rushed for 2,509 yards and 42 touchdowns last season at Towson before declaring for the NFL draft following his junior year. He finished with 4,854 career rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. He is largely expected to back up Ben Tate, but is seeing his stock rise after the team has appeared to focus a lot of their offensive emphasis on the running game as led by the Kyle Shanahan zone-blocking scheme.

The Browns have also reportedly discussed a contract extension with outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard. Sheard is due roughly $995,000 this season as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

“Hopefully it works out,” Sheard said. “I’m just going to take it one step at a time. I can only worry about this year. I love it here, I love the fans here, I love the support I’ve been getting, the teammates. The locker room is growing on me. I feel more comfortable now than I did when I first got here.

“I want to be here when this city erupts. I just know it’s coming. Hopefully this year is the year.”

  • markn95

    Verrry interesting to hear about the Sheard negotiations. The guy was drafted two (two!) regimes to play DE to play in a 4-3 scheme, switched to OLB in Horton’s 3-4, and is now being asked to do who knows what in Pettine’s Rex-Ryan style defense. The new regime must have a high opinion of his (i) talent and (ii) versatility. But if you can get to the QB, you can get to the QB, I guess I like Sheard as a player and hope the coaching staff can find a way to use him. From what I her he’s certainly keeping Mingo off the field in OTA’s.

  • Harv 21

    So far Sheard’s been very decent but hardly a star. Yet this is the third regime in 3 years that seems genuinely enamored with him. It’s like he’s in the Mike Lombardi Ingratiator Hall of Fame.

    Also wonder if Ray Farmer trying to quickly wrap up extensions for players he likes so as to quickly wash away the bad Banner Hardball vibe.

  • markn95

    Ask Jamoris Slaughter about getting rid of the Banner vibe, lol. And I’d bet dollars to donuts Leon McFadden doesn’t make it past the 4th preseason game, either. That would pretty much leave Mingo from the 2013 Draft, and this regime is pretty clear he’s only a situational pass rusher, one step above Quentin Groves.

    Epic fail, Joe, epic fail.

  • simond
  • BRYANT BROS

    Armonty Bryant had a great rookie year for a 6th round pick. He really showed a good pass rush for an interior lineman, pushing Rubin and Taylor off the field on passing downs. Give Bannbardi credit for sticking with him despite his off the field concerns.

  • mgbode

    absolutely. my favorite defensive looks had both Armonty and Desmond on the DL. they worked really well off of each other and moved the LOS backward (line-of-scrimmage).

  • mgbode

    I think it must speak to his work ethic and leadership. On field he has been good, but, as you mentioned, not a star. So, he must also make others better too or I’m really missing something.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    It’s also wise to wrap up Sheard now at a decent but nothing spectacular contract if they think he’s going to break out statistically under this scheme.